Sam Farmer wears many hats, among these father, husband, musician, computer consultant, and autism spectrum community contributor. A resident of Easton, Massachusetts, with a late diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, he writes blogs and articles, records coaching videos, and presents at conferences, sharing stories, ideas, and insights as to how one can achieve greater happiness and success in life despite facing challenges and adversity that often interfere in these pursuits.
Farmer’s first book, A Long Walk Down a Winding Road: Small Steps, Challenges, & Triumphs Through an Autistic Lens, as well as his blogs, videos, and public presentations, comprise what he calls his “paying it forward mission,” inspired by his deceased parents’ collective legacy. His mother as a social worker, his father as a doctor, and both of them as loving parents and as loyal friends, gave so much of themselves to others, including Farmer and his brothers. When his mother passed away, he could no longer pay her back for all she had done to help him move forward, so he decided instead to pay it forward to others who might benefit from his ideas and insights, and to do so in her memory. The paying it forward mission intensified after the passing of his father a year later, soon after which he began work on A Long Walk Down a Winding Road.
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”
- MARCUS AURELIUS